List of Famous people who died in 1975

Josephine Baker

Freda Josephine McDonald
First Name Josephine
Last Name Baker
Born on June 3, 1906
Died on April 12, 1975 (aged 68)

Josephine Baker was an American-born French entertainer, French Resistance agent, and civil rights activist. Her career was centered primarily in Europe, mostly in her adopted France. She was the first Black woman to star in a major motion picture, the 1927 silent film Siren of the Tropics, directed by Mario Nalpas and Henri Étiévant.

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Francisco Franco

Francisco Paulino Hermenegildo Teódulo Franco Bahamonde
First Name Francisco
Last Name Franco
Born on December 4, 1892
Died on November 20, 1975 (aged 82)
Born in Spain, Galicia

Francisco Franco Bahamonde was a Spanish general who led the Nationalist forces in overthrowing the Second Spanish Republic during the Spanish Civil War and thereafter ruled over Spain from 1939 to 1975 as a dictator, assuming the title Caudillo. This period in Spanish history, from the Nationalist victory to Franco's death, is commonly known as Francoist Spain or the Francoist dictatorship.

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Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

First Name Sarvepalli
Died on April 17, 1975 (aged 5)
Born in India

Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan pronunciation  was an Indian philosopher, academic, and statesman who served as the first Vice President of India (1952–1962) and the second President of India (1962–1967).

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Clyde Tolson

First Name Clyde
Last Name Tolson
Born on May 22, 1900
Died on April 14, 1975 (aged 74)

Clyde Anderson Tolson was the second-ranking official of the FBI from 1930 until 1972, from 1947 titled Associate Director, primarily responsible for personnel and discipline. He is best known as the protégé and long-time top deputy of FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover.

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Chiang Kai-shek

First Name Chiang
Last Name Kai-shek
Born on October 31, 1887
Died on April 5, 1975 (aged 87)

Chiang Kai-shek, also known as Chiang Chung-cheng and romanized via Mandarin as Chiang Chieh-shih and Jiang Jieshi, was a Chinese Nationalist politician, revolutionary and military leader who served as the leader of the Republic of China between 1928 and 1975, first in mainland China until 1949 and then in Taiwan until his death.

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King Faisal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud

First Name King
Last Name Saud
Born on April 14, 1906
Died on March 25, 1975 (aged 68)

Faisal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud was King of Saudi Arabia and Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques from 2 November 1964 to 25 March 1975.

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Elijah Muhammad

Elijah Poole
First Name Elijah
Last Name Muhammad
Born on October 7, 1897
Died on February 25, 1975 (aged 77)

Elijah Muhammad was a religious leader who led the Nation of Islam (NOI) from 1934 until his death in 1975, and was known as The Messenger of Allah (God), to the Nation of Islam believers. Muhammad was also the teacher and mentor of Malcolm X, Louis Farrakhan, Muhammad Ali, and his own son, Warith Deen Mohammed.

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Mike Brant

First Name Mike
Last Name Brant
Born on February 1, 1947
Died on April 25, 1975 (aged 28)

Mike Brant was an Israeli singer and songwriter who achieved fame after moving to France. His most successful hit was "Laisse-moi t'aimer". Brant died by suicide at the height of his career by jumping from a window of an apartment in Paris. He was known for his vocal range going from baritone to high tenor and also a very high and powerful falsetto.

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Hannah Arendt

Johanna Arendt
First Name Hannah
Last Name Arendt
Born on October 14, 1906
Died on December 4, 1975 (aged 69)

Hannah Arendt was a German-born American political theorist. Her many books and articles have had a lasting influence on political theory and philosophy. Arendt is widely considered one of the most important political thinkers of the 20th century.

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Rod Serling

Rodman Edward Serling
First Name Rod
Born on December 25, 1924
Died on June 28, 1975 (aged 50)
Height 163 cm | 5'4

Rodman Edward Serling, was an American screenwriter, playwright, television producer, and narrator known for his live television dramas of the 1950s and his anthology television series, The Twilight Zone. Serling was active in politics, both on and off the screen, and helped form television industry standards. He was known as the "angry young man" of Hollywood, clashing with television executives and sponsors over a wide range of issues including censorship, racism, and war.

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Umm Kulthum

ام كلثوم إبراهيم السيد البلتاجي
First Name Umm
Last Name Kulthum
Died on February 3, 1975 (aged 5)

Umm Kulthum was an Egyptian singer, songwriter, and film actress active from the 1920s to the 1970s. She was given the honorific title Kawkab al-Sharq.

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Aristotle Onassis

Aριστοτέλης Σωκράτη Ωνάσης
First Name Aristotle
Died on March 15, 1975 (aged 5)
Born in İzmir Province

Aristotle Socrates Onassis, commonly called Ari or Aristo Onassis, was a Greek shipping magnate who amassed the world's largest privately owned shipping fleet and was one of the world's richest and most famous men. He was married to Athina Mary Livanos, had a long-standing affair with famous opera singer Maria Callas and was married to Jacqueline Kennedy, the widow of American President John F. Kennedy.

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Padmaja Naidu

First Name Padmaja
Born on November 30, 1899
Died on May 2, 1975 (aged 75)
Born in India

Padmaja Naidu was an Indian freedom fighter and politician.

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Dmitri Shostakovich

First Name Dmitri
Died on August 9, 1975 (aged 5)
Born in Russia

Dmitri Dmitriyevich Shostakovich was a Soviet and Russian composer and pianist. He is regarded as one of the major composers of the 20th century, with a unique harmonic language and a historic importance due to his years of work under Stalin.

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Born on July 15, 1903
Died on October 2, 1975 (aged 72)
Born in India

Kumaraswami Kamaraj, was the founder and the president of the Indian National Congress (Organisation), widely acknowledged as the "Kingmaker" in Indian politics during the 1960s. He also served as the president of the Indian National Congress for two terms i.e. four years between 1964–1967 and was responsible for the elevation of Lal Bahadur Shastri to the position of Prime Minister of India after Nehru's death and Indira Gandhi after Shastri's death. Kamaraj was the 3rd Chief Minister of Madras State during 1954–1963 and a Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha during 1952–1954 and 1969–1975. He was known for his simplicity and integrity. He played a major role in developing the infrastructure of the Madras state and worked to improve the quality of life of the needy and the disadvantaged.

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Haile Selassie I

First Name Haile
Last Name I
Born on July 23, 1892
Died on August 27, 1975 (aged 83)

Haile Selassie I was the Emperor of Ethiopia from 1930 to 1974. Prior to his coronation, he had been the Regent Plenipotentiary of Ethiopia from 1916. He is a defining figure in modern Ethiopian history. He was a member of the Solomonic dynasty who traced his lineage to Emperor Menelik I.

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Nihal Atsız

First Name Nihal
Born on January 12, 1905
Died on December 11, 1975 (aged 70)

Hüseyin Nihâl Atsız was a prominent Turkish nationalist writer, novelist, poet, historian and philosopher. Nihâl Atsız identified as a racist, Pan-Turkist, and Turanist. He heavily criticized Islam in his later life, but this was not his main agenda. He was the author of over 30 books and numerous articles. He was in strong opposition to the government of İsmet İnönü, which he criticized for co-operating with the communists. He was accused of plotting to overthrow the government.

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Olga Bergholz

First Name Olga
Died on November 13, 1975 (aged 5)
Born in Russia

Olga Fyodorovna Bergholz was a Soviet poet, writer, playwright and journalist. She is most famous for her work on the Leningrad radio during the city's blockade, when she became the symbol of city's strength and determination.

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Barbara Hepworth

First Name Barbara
Last Name Hepworth
Born on January 10, 1903
Died on May 20, 1975 (aged 72)

Dame Jocelyn Barbara Hepworth was an English artist and sculptor. Her work exemplifies Modernism and in particular modern sculpture. Along with artists such as Ben Nicholson and Naum Gabo, Hepworth was a leading figure in the colony of artists who resided in St Ives during the First and Second World Wars.

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Ignacio Anaya

First Name Ignacio
Last Name Anaya
Born on August 15, 1897
Died on September 11, 1975 (aged 78)
Born in Mexico, Chihuahua

Ignacio Anaya García was a Mexican executive chef and restaurateur, who invented the popular snack nachos.

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